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In what could be a confusing understanding of their many rules, the MLBPA practices what all unions preach

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Mar 07, 2016

One of the many advantages of working union is that every member has a voice.  With the Major League Baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) set to expire this December, negotiations are slated to being soon. To get a sense of what their members want, MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark is scheduled to meet with players from each team during spring training.  Currently teams are playing games in Florida and Arizona.

When Clark meets with Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCuthchen, is going to have a few things to say about the one game playoff.  The Pirates have played in the last three one game playoff, winning one but losing the last two.  "You run into a hot pitcher who has his best stuff, and your season is over in one night," McCutchen told the Beaver County Times. "It really stings. You play all season to get to the playoffs and it doesn't seem quite fair that you have no margin for error."

Instead, McCutchen is asking for the union to fight for a best of three playoff series which he feels is fair.  The last two years, the Pirates have faced the San Francisco Giants ace, Madison Bumgarner and the Cubs ace Jake Arrieta. 

Other topics that Clark says will be coming up in the CBA process are creating a draft lottery to prevent teams from “tanking” at the end of the season and changing the qualifying offer system.  The system, which allows teams to give a one-year contract to current player on their team before they hit free agency and allows them to recoup a draft pick if they lose the player.  The system sets a guideline for what the team should pay the player by averaging the top 125 contracts in the league.  Instead some prominent players are currently without a contract due to the system.  'I think it's disappointing when there are as many talented players still without a home,'' Clark said during a Feb. 4 interview with The Associated Press. ''I don't think it's in anyone's best interest to be in a world where very talented players are at home for whatever reason they are there. It will likely be a part of the conversation in bargaining.'' The qualifying offer system forces teams that sign a player who were given a qualifying offer to give up a top round draft pick.  This forces teams to determine whether the value of the player is worth more than the draft pick which they have to give up.  In the five years that the qualifying offer system has been a part of the CBA, only 4 players have accepted their qualifying offer.

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